Our Progressive Thinking webinar series has provided an opportunity for conversations about new ‘Perspectives on the Future of Public and Community Services’.
During the webinars I asked our guests to choose three words that describe themselves and the motivation for their work.
They have surprised me every time. Wonder, love, hope, open-minded, clear-sighted, high-wire-act, old, retired, argumentative, mum, disabled, leader, activist, poetry, purpose and progress….and so the list goes on.
What does it tell us about our thought leaders, our movers and shakers, about us living and working in Aotearoa New Zealand? To me it shows the strength of and commitment to our democracy.
Our diverse backgrounds and interests motivate us to reflect, analyse, empathise, influence, and contribute to our communities.
The ideas our guests shared were as diverse as their motivations to contribute to a flourishing society. I learned something new with every conversation and I hope our audience did too.
Climate change and NZ’s zero-carbon future; local government and community engagement; lifting the rights of disabled people; reinvigorating the Ministry of Works; a welfare state that leaves no one behind; genuine Māori policy development and delivery and many more topics were discussed.
I am still humbled by the breadth of knowledge of the people I spoke with, and the inquisitive and wise questions we received from the audience. I am very grateful for all your contributions.
I hope we inspired people to participate in matters that matter to all of us!
Nā PSA policy advisor and webinar MC Andrea Fromm
WEBINARS WIDEN PSA REACH
The lockdown prompted us to bring this Progressive Thinking series to you via webinar.
The format has proved popular, enabling more than 1,500 viewers around the country to participate. We’ll look to build on that success with more online events in the future.
You can check out the series at www.psa.org.nz/progressivethinking/
The contributors’ chapters are also being compiled into a Progressive Thinking book which will be published in October.
PSA Pasefika union members have been voicing their support for the Pasefika community during the latest Covid outbreak.